‘Til the season for trees heading home strapped to the tops of cars. Whether you prefer the satisfaction of sawing down your own tree or drinking cocoa and taking hayrides, the following farms have something for everyone. Read on for our top picks for farms that let you chop ’til you drop or ones that will deliver your fresh tree to your door.
photo: Pollard Ranch via Yelp
Tucked in NW Portland off scenic Skyline Blvd. is this friendly family ranch. Hot cocoa and apple cider will keep you warm while your u-cut tree is hauled off to your car from the spot where you chopped. Then pick up your fresh wreath and garland to complete your holiday trimmings. Not up for the u-pick this year? They deliver! Place your order for a Saturday delivery or pre-order your tree and pick it up at your convenience. Prices start at $16 for u-cut, $24 for will-call or $85 for delivery.
Open starting Fri., Nov. 27
Wed.–Fri., 11 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Sat. and Sun., 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
13225 NW Skyline Blvd.
You’ll feel like part of the family here, where the friendly folks are likely to snap your picture and invite you to return next year. Any tree, any size is $40. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for details. They open the Friday after Thanksgiving. Cash or check only.
Open Sat. and Sun., 9 a.m.–5 p.m. (and the Fri. after Thanksgiving).
8450 NW 185th Ave.
photo: julie corsi via flickr
Formerly Parson Landing, this farm is under new ownership but still has all the things you loved from years past, including free hayrides, free shaking and baling and trees ranging from 3-13′ that keep families coming back year after year. A tree-lighting ceremony will take place on Nov. 27 at 5 p.m., which is also the day they’ll open for business. $40 for any size Noble Fir, and Fresh Noble Wreaths and tree stands are also available. They accept cash, personal checks, Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover.
Open Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Also open Fri.,, Nov. 27, 10 a.m. – 4 pm.
19400 S Redland Rd
Have a train fanatic in the family? This farm offers a memorable experience that goes beyond your tree selection. Impressive model train displays, roasted marshmallows and train rides are just a few of the festive perks. On top of that, it snows every few minutes! Helvetia’s Christmas trees 5′-7′ are $43 and shaking is free. Baling costs $2 extra. Do your shopping at the charming gift shop and don’t forget to say hello to the resident St. Bernard, Penny.
Open Fri.–Sun, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
12814 NW Bishop Rd.
photo: SilentObserver via Flickr
This Beaverton family farm has been in the business of trees since 1978 and prides themselves on being sustainable and pesticide-free. 5,000 hand-sheared Douglas Firs and Nobles on five acres means your options range from small, Charlie Brown sized trees to 8-footers. They also carry wreaths made from juniper, cedar, pine cones and berries. The farm provides saws and offers free hot apple cider during your visit.
Open Sat. and Sun. until dusk.
5365 SW 209th Ave.
Open six days a week and willing to deliver, convenience is key at this farm. Choose and cut down a Douglas Fir, Grand Fir or Noble Fir, priced at $4, $5 and $6 a foot (respectively), wreaths (up to 30″) and Cedar garland ($2 a foot up to ten feet). Tree shaking and baling are available for an extra fee. Keep an eye on their website for details once they open on the day after Thanksgiving. Yes, they accept credit cards, so pick up all the trimmings at once!
Open Mon.- Sat., 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Closed Sundays.
19818 NW Sauvie Island Rd.
Insider Tip: Bring cash, as some farms charge extra for tree baling and shaking, and if it’s free a tip is appreciated. Also bring twine or rope and don’t forget your camera!
Do you cut your own, choose it pre-cut or have it delivered? Let us know in the comment section below!